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On This Day: Daily Inspiration for the History Buff, the Trivia Lover, and the Innately Curious

By Carl D. Windsor
Howard Books

1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Have you ever wondered what important events happened today, or yesterday, or on your birthday, or any day? Or do you really love history or just love having inspirational stories to read? On This Day: Daily Inspiration for the History Buff, the Trivia Lover, and the Innately Curious, by Carl D. Windsor ($15.99), provides wonderful historical information and trivia in the form of short daily readings. We learned that the Titanic sank on April 15th, which is also the day that Abraham Lincoln died and the first McDonald's restaurant opened. My kids were excited to see that one of their birthdays was the anniversary of the U.S. victory in the battle of Midway (June 3); another was on the anniversary of North Carolina's ratification of the U.S. Constitution (November 21); and another shares a birthday with Elvis Presley (January 8). I wasn't thrilled to learn that I share a birthday with Benedict Arnold, but I was comforted that it is also the birthday of Albert Schweitzer (January 14)!

On This Day is much more than just a trivia book or a list of historical names and dates. The purpose is to inspire and encourage and to help us learn from history, one small piece at a time. Each day's reading includes a verse, a list of historical events and birthdays from that day, a short devotional, and an interesting quote. The devotionals are usually brief stories with powerful messages that left us all thinking, and wanting more. My kids loved reading this book at breakfast as a brief devotional and found the information very interesting and informative. Sometimes we were inspired to dig a little deeper as we read something of interest.

In the preface, Mr. Windsor states that he hopes to use the stories and illustrations to help readers better understand eternal spiritual truths. We found the readings to be very well written, interesting, and often moving. We all looked forward to our daily readings and continued to ponder the stories and events long after breakfast was completed. I would suggest a broad age range--perhaps from late elementary school or junior high through adult, although younger children would likely relate to much of the content. It would be nice to see an index added in future revisions and to see the book in hardback so that it will last through the wear and tear such a great book will most surely receive. A historical devotional, written from a Christian perspective, with interesting and insightful stories--what a great idea!

Product review by Dr. Anne Margaret Wright, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, August 2007

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